Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Cat Stevens Makes It To U.S.; Joan Jett Rumored to Be With Nirvana at Rock Hall Ceremony

Things are finally starting to firm up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, set for tomorrow night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

This has been one of the most controversial inductions in history with the members of KISS sniping at each other and ultimately deciding not to perform and the recent reports that Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) had visa problems and may not be able to make it to the ceremony.

It turns out that the visa problems were fixed as Stevens made it to Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show on Wednesday to perform two songs, Wild World and The First Cut is the Deepest (an extra song, The Wind, didn't make the broadcast). That has to be a relief to the ceremony organizers as they faced a year when many of the inductees were not available to perform.

Besides the KISS situation, Linda Rondstadt, who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease, is not well enough to travel and, of course, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain left us twenty years ago. That left Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates and the E-Street Band as actual inductees available to perform.

Then came word that Joan Jett may be fronting the surviving members of Nirvana for the evening. While nothing is confirmed, Dave Grohl posted a picture on Instagram showing his drums, Pat Smear's guitar, Krist Novoselic's bass and what looks like Jett's guitar.

Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana.

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